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    City of Kotka & Maritime Centre Vellamo

    Kotka, Finland

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    Get an authentic glimpse of life in Kotka by browsing attractions that highlight the influence of the sea. The city is surrounded by water as it covers two islands in the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of the Kymijoki River. ...
    Get an authentic glimpse of life in Kotka by browsing attractions that highlight the influence of the sea. The city is surrounded by water as it covers two islands in the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of the Kymijoki River. more...

    Get an authentic glimpse of life in Kotka by browsing attractions that highlight the influence of the sea. The city is surrounded by water as it covers two islands in the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of the Kymijoki River. While strolling through Sappoka Water Garden, you will soon realize the calming effect of its central waterfall and many ponds and brooks. Kotka’s most iconic building is the Maritime Centre Vellama, a complex of museums within a modern façade that resembles a massive wave that reflects the colors of the sea. Its Museum of Kymenlaakso focuses on cultural aspects and presents a history of the Coast Guard. The complex’s Maritime Museum of Finland is even more comprehensive, as it holds everything from nautical charts to underwater archaeological artifacts to full-size ships. You will gain a different historical perspective at the 19th-century Kotka Church, which is known for its rose windows and for having the largest baroque organ in Finland.


    HIGHLIGHTS:
    • Recognize how the sea has shaped Kotka while enjoying a panoramic drive around town. • Stroll through serene Sappoka Water Garden, the city’s most popular park. • Browse two marine-oriented museums within the Maritime Centre Vellama complex. • Behold the largest baroque organ in Finland at the Kotka Church.

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    • Adult from: £81,29 GBP
    • Child from: £40,24 GBP
    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    GL- Belfast Food Trail

    Belfast, Northern Ireland

    Duration 4 hrs

    Gain a greater understanding of Northern Ireland and its culture by following a foodie guide through Belfast, pausing every so often to sample classic dishes and delicacies. ...
    Gain a greater understanding of Northern Ireland and its culture by following a foodie guide through Belfast, pausing every so often to sample classic dishes and delicacies. more...

    Gain a greater understanding of Northern Ireland and its culture by following a foodie guide through Belfast, pausing every so often to sample classic dishes and delicacies.


    After departing from the pier, you will soon reach the heart of Belfast, where you will commence a walking tour, accompanied by a local food enthusiast. The exact locations to be visited will be determined the day of the excursion, but they will definitely be establishments that best represent the cuisine of Northern Ireland. These will be the markets, restaurants and cafés that the locals frequent, rather than those typically found in guide books.


    You may well start at St. George’s Market, the oldest covered market on the entire island of Ireland. While browsing the stalls and soaking up the atmosphere, you will sample delicacies that are distinctly Irish. You may be offered a chunk of fried eel or a bite of Belfast bap, a hearty sandwich typically loaded with Irish bacon, scrambled eggs and cheddar cheese.


    Continuing on to other foodie locales, you might try a few spoonfuls of colcannon, a mixture of mashed potatoes, cabbage, cream and butter. Of course, potatoes appear in all sorts of classic dishes such as Irish stew, Ulster fry and boxty, a tasty potato pancake.


    Other Irish staples that you may sample include fluffy soda bread and wheaten farls. The latter is a griddle cake that is served in quarters known as farls.

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    • Adult from: £229,10 GBP
    • Child from: £229,10 GBP
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Go Local - As a Local in Modern Le Havre

    Paris (Le Havre), France

    Duration 3 hrs

    Wander through modern Le Havre with the confidence and familiarity of a local, the result of experiencing the city through the eyes of a resident. ...
    Wander through modern Le Havre with the confidence and familiarity of a local, the result of experiencing the city through the eyes of a resident. more...

    Wander through modern Le Havre with the confidence and familiarity of a local, the result of experiencing the city through the eyes of a resident. Although Le Havre was heavily bombed during World War II, it has been rebuilt with such architectural unity and integrity that UNESCO declared it a World Heritage site. You will enjoy a panoramic view of modern Le Havre while riding the funicular with the locals. As the residents go about their daily business, getting on and off the funicular, you will feel like an integral part of the city. In time, you will walk through Le Havre to one of the guide’s favorite bakeries. While lingering over a flaky croissant or a sweet Madeleine cake, you can watch the world unfold before you. To become further immersed in daily life, you will then browse a bustling market where the locals will be socializing as they select ingredients for their evening meals.


    HIGHLIGHTS:
    • Follow a local guide around Le Havre, an architecturally rich World Heritage site.
    • Ride the funicular through town with the locals to experience an authentic slice of life.
    • Ride the funicular through town with the locals to experience an authentic slice of life.

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    • Adult from: £114,14 GBP
    • Child from: £105,93 GBP
    DURATION 3 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    Go Local - Cartagena: Traditional Market

    Cartagena, Spain

    Duration 4 hrs

    Explore two lively markets in downtown Cartagena; one for food and the second a favorite locale for handmade jewelry and crafts. ...
    Explore two lively markets in downtown Cartagena; one for food and the second a favorite locale for handmade jewelry and crafts. more...

    Explore two lively markets in downtown Cartagena; one for food and the second a favorite locale for handmade jewelry and crafts. While walking to the Santa Florentina covered market, you will pass landmarks such as Conception Castle and several leafy parks. Long a staple for shopping, the market offers every imaginable culinary ingredient, and you can expect the atmosphere to be extraordinary lively as the residents and vendors interact and socialize. The guide will lead you to stalls where you can taste tapas topped with favorite ingredients. You might try one of these small-plate appetizers with fried squid, anchovies, artisanal cheese or vegetables, as produce is a specialty. Continuing on to the nearby Artisan Center, which is housed inside an 18th-century palace, you will browse stalls full of locally made arts and crafts. The ceramics, jewelry and glassware are particularly noteworthy. Chances are, you will see artisans making their pieces by hand.


    HIGHLIGHTS:
    • Browse the stalls of the Santa Florentina market, which is revered for its fresh produce.
    • Sample small-plate tapas at the market, topped with local specialties such as squid and cheese.
    • Shop for hand-made jewelry and glassware at the Artisan Center, another favorite venue.

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    • Adult from: £130,56 GBP
    • Child from: £130,56 GBP
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    Go Green-Off Shore Blue Energy

    Brussels / Bruges (Zeebrugge), Belgium

    Duration 4 1/2 hrs

    Cruise into the North Sea to a large offshore wind park that greatly contributes to Belgium’s ambitious sustainable energy goals. Before you head out to sea from Blankenberge harbor, you will hear about Belgium’s commitment to wind power ...
    Cruise into the North Sea to a large offshore wind park that greatly contributes to Belgium’s ambitious sustainable energy goals. Before you head out to sea from Blankenberge harbor, you will hear about Belgium’s commitment to wind power more...

    Cruise into the North Sea to a large offshore wind park that greatly contributes to Belgium’s ambitious sustainable energy goals. Before you head out to sea from Blankenberge harbor, you will hear about Belgium’s commitment to wind power, how wind turbines work and their effect on the climate and marine life. The country has embraced the development of wind parks because other means of energy emit excessive carbon dioxide and importing electricity has its limitations. It will be quite the experience to view the dozens of offshore wind turbines up close from the comfort of the boat. They soar high above the water and continuously generate power by optimizing the available wind. As part of your immersion into clean energy, you will see how the power is transported to shore for distribution.


    HIGHLIGHTS
    • Observe offshore wind turbines up close from a boat that provides a unique perspective.
    • Learn the benefits of wind power and why Belgium is so committed to its development.
    • See how the power from the offshore wind turbines is transported to shore.


    HELPFUL HINTS
    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
    • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.


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    • Adult from: £130,56 GBP
    • Child from: £130,56 GBP
    DURATION 4 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Go Local - The Two of Scotland's Best in Edinburgh

    Edinburgh (Newhaven), Scotland

    Duration 2 3/4 hrs

    Experience the joys of two iconic Scottish activities: drinking a wee dram of whisky and playing the bagpipes. ...
    Experience the joys of two iconic Scottish activities: drinking a wee dram of whisky and playing the bagpipes. more...

    Experience the joys of two iconic Scottish activities: drinking a wee dram of whisky and playing the bagpipes.

    After departing from the pier, you will soon arrive at a downtown venue for a whisky tasting. The Scotch Malt Whisky Society will host the event, in which the whiskies will be served at cask strength. That means the drams will not have been subjected to chill filtration or any other interference that would alter their tastes.


    You will be served three drams, a dram being an eighth of a fluid ounce. The tasting will reveal the remarkable variety within the distillation processes and present the complexities that the different oak casks and aging times impart.


    Before each dram is sampled, one of the society’s members will describe the whisky’s characteristics. Some whiskies might taste spicy and dry while others may be heavily peated with strong smoky flavors. The experience will be enlightening and entertaining.


    Your immersion into the world of bagpipes will be just as fulfilling. Louise Marshall, one of Scotland’s most renowned pipers, will lead your workshop. She has played for Queen Elizabeth II and Pope Benedict XVI, and her instruction will be based on years of experience.


    Marshall will teach you basic chanter techniques, show you how bagpipes work and describe the instrument’s history. If you wish to look the part, Scottish attire such as kilts, sporrans and feather bonnets will be available.

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    • Adult from: £188,04 GBP
    • Child from: £188,04 GBP
    DURATION 2 3/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Go Local - Like a Parisian in the Marché D'Aligre

    Paris (Le Havre), France

    Duration 9 1/2 hrs

    Experience the Marché d’Aligre, one of Paris’ most extraordinary markets, like a Parisian for a true picture of daily life in the capital of France. You will meet up with a local guide that will show you around the market where so many Parisians come daily for garden produce, baked goods, fresh seafood, cut flowers and all sorts of gourmet delicacies. ...
    Experience the Marché d’Aligre, one of Paris’ most extraordinary markets, like a Parisian for a true picture of daily life in the capital of France. You will meet up with a local guide that will show you around the market where so many Parisians come daily for garden produce, baked goods, fresh seafood, cut flowers and all sorts of gourmet delicacies. more...

    Experience the Marché d’Aligre, one of Paris’ most extraordinary markets, like a Parisian for a true picture of daily life in the capital of France. You will meet up with a local guide that will show you around the market where so many Parisians come daily for garden produce, baked goods, fresh seafood, cut flowers and all sorts of gourmet delicacies. You may see the finest chefs in Paris stocking up their kitchens, locals engaged in lively conversations as they browse the stalls and vendors proudly offering tastings of their wares. The guide will be an invaluable resource and introduce you to vendors who will happily elaborate on what makes their goods so special. Then, as a prelude to spending a bit of free time in the area, you will linger over a glass of wine at a nearby wine shop. Before leaving Paris, you will also enjoy a panoramic drive, taking in some of the iconic landmarks.


    HIGHLIGHTS:
    • Experience the Marché d’Aligre, one of Paris’ most extraordinary markets, like a Parisian for a true picture of daily life in the capital of France. You will meet up with a local guide that will show you around the market where so many Parisians come daily for garden produce, baked goods, fresh seafood, cut flowers and all sorts of gourmet delicacies.
    • Meet venders that the guide personally knows and sample some of their offerings.
    • Reflect on the experience over a glass of wine in a Parisian shop.
    • Drive through Paris, passing some of the most iconic landmarks.

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    • Adult from: £303,01 GBP
    • Child from: £286,58 GBP
    DURATION 9 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Go Local - Helsinki Through the Eyes of a Local

    Helsinki, Finland

    Duration 4 1/2 hrs

    Experience local life by exploring food markets and a shopping mall, sampling Finnish cuisine and then strolling a serene waterfront park. As you meander about the historical market Vanha Kaupahalli, you will gain an understanding of daily life in Helsinki. ...
    Experience local life by exploring food markets and a shopping mall, sampling Finnish cuisine and then strolling a serene waterfront park. As you meander about the historical market Vanha Kaupahalli, you will gain an understanding of daily life in Helsinki. more...

    Experience local life by exploring food markets and a shopping mall, sampling Finnish cuisine and then strolling a serene waterfront park. As you meander about the historical market Vanha Kaupahalli, you will gain an understanding of daily life in Helsinki. Similarly, after a short tram ride to the Kamppi Shopping Centre, you will get a feel for other types of merchandise available to the residents, mainly fashions and jewelry. You will then ride the metro to Hakaniemi Market, a shopping area that specializes in gourmet foods and delicacies. To see if the local cuisine suits your palate, you will sample traditional snacks such as cold smoked reindeer with marinated red onion, Finnish archipelago bread with lemon crème fraiche and salmon, and non-alcoholic rhubarb soda. To become further immersed in local life, you will stroll through waterfront Kaivopuisto Park, which is on the southernmost tip of Helsinki and surrounded by embassies and extravagant homes.


    HIGHLIGHTS:
    • Observe local life while browsing the merchandise at several popular shopping areas.
    • Recognize the vast range of stores available in urban Helsinki.
    • Sample traditional Norwegian snacks and stroll a waterfront park.

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    • Adult from: £122,35 GBP
    • Child from: £122,35 GBP
    DURATION 4 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Go Green-House of Future & Sustainability

    Berlin (Warnemünde), Germany

    Duration 12 hrs

    Visit the environmentally friendly House of the Future for a glance into how people might live more sustainably and talk to Berliners that are already doing it. The Futorium, as the house is also known, showcases green construction as it was built with technologies ...
    Visit the environmentally friendly House of the Future for a glance into how people might live more sustainably and talk to Berliners that are already doing it. The Futorium, as the house is also known, showcases green construction as it was built with technologies more...

    Visit the environmentally friendly House of the Future for a glance into how people might live more sustainably and talk to Berliners that are already doing it. The Futorium, as the house is also known, showcases green construction as it was built with technologies that maximize renewable energies. It also contains exhibits that will get you thinking about better and perhaps controversial ways to live in the future, and the obstacles that first need to be overcome. Later, you will meet some restaurateurs that only serve vegan and vegetarian dishes made with organic, sustainably grown ingredients. Some of that produce comes from community gardens that have popped up throughout Berlin. You may want to visit one of these for lunch on our own. You may talk to a few of those gardeners or to local farmers at a communal market. Berlin’s near obsession with eco-conscious goods extends into clothing, as you will discover while browsing stores with forward-thinking brands whose merchandise is ethically made and sustainable.


    HIGHLIGHTS
    • Browse the House of the Future in Berlin and learn about its sustainable technologies.
    • Get an idea how people might live in the future and make less of an environmental impact.
    • Converse with the owners of vegan restaurants or with community organic gardeners.
    • Meet shop owners whose merchandise is ethically made and sustainable.


    HELPFUL HINTS
    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
    • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.


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    • Adult from: £171,62 GBP
    • Child from: £171,62 GBP
    DURATION 12 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    Go Local - Tapas Lesson at Bodega Casa del Marqués

    Seville (Cádiz), Spain

    Duration 4 hrs

    Enjoy a glass of sherry while learning to make authentic tapas at the Bodega Casa del Marques, a 19th-century palace built for a wine merchant. ...
    Enjoy a glass of sherry while learning to make authentic tapas at the Bodega Casa del Marques, a 19th-century palace built for a wine merchant. more...

    Enjoy a glass of sherry while learning to make authentic tapas at the Bodega Casa del Marques, a 19th-century palace built for a wine merchant. The elegant residence is decorated with period furnishings that lend it an ambiance so authentic that it feels as if you were transported to another time. While there, you will learn to make tapas, some traditional and others topped with surprisingly inventive ingredients. These small-plate snacks reflect the local cuisine and are typically served with a glass of sherry, especially in Jerez, which has been producing the fortified wine for more than 175 years. The exact tapas that you will prepare will depend on which ingredients are freshest and most flavorful. They might include fried fish, meatballs or something a bit more unusual such as stewed ox tail. Be sure to add favorite ingredients, as you will dine on the tapas afterwards.


    HIGHLIGHTS:
    • Participate in a hands-on culinary class at a 19th-century palace built for a wine merchant.
    • Learn to prepare authentic, small-plate tapas with traditional and unusual ingredients.
    • Dine on the finished tapas and enjoy a glass of sherry as an accompaniment.

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    • Adult from: £146,99 GBP
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    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Go Local - Insider Access in Edam

    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    Enjoy an insider’s look at life in Edam by visiting a local family and touring a cheese-making facility to see how Edam’s famed cheese is produced. ...
    Enjoy an insider’s look at life in Edam by visiting a local family and touring a cheese-making facility to see how Edam’s famed cheese is produced. more...

    Enjoy an insider’s look at life in Edam by visiting a local family and touring a cheese-making facility to see how Edam’s famed cheese is produced. An enlightening walking tour will introduce you to the city, where you will see St. Nicholas Church and the Edam Museum, which occupies an 18th-century sea captain’s house. For a deeper understanding of life in Edam, you will stop by a centuries-old residence and enjoy coffee and cake with the owners. They will elaborate on the long history of their home, how Edam has changed just in their lifetimes and what the future may hold. Still, it is impossible to escape the draw of cheese in Edam. More than a quarter of the cheese produced in the Netherlands is the city’s namesake cheese, a soft variety made with less milk fat than most other cheeses. While touring a cheese-making facility in town, you will watch the process and then taste samples.

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    • Adult from: £130,56 GBP
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    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Let's Take a Selfie – Amsterdam

    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Duration 5 hrs

    Capture the moment by taking the perfect selfie photo in Amsterdam! Instantly share your experience with family & friends on your favorite social media site as many of the stops will include wi-fi in real time. ...
    Capture the moment by taking the perfect selfie photo in Amsterdam! Instantly share your experience with family & friends on your favorite social media site as many of the stops will include wi-fi in real time. more...

    Capture the moment by taking the perfect selfie photo in Amsterdam! Instantly share your experience with family & friends on your favorite social media site as many of the stops will include wi-fi in real time. Professional photographers & selfie experts will teach you how to take the best selfie photo including composition, posing, lighting etc. Capture the spirit of this incredible destination.


    Your tour will start with a scenic drive from the ship to Zaanse Schans Windmills. Your walking tour will have designated selfie stops at: • Zaanse Schans Windmills
    • Dam Square & the Royal Palace
    • The Canal Belt
    • Bloemenmarkt


    To make this experience even more fun, you will be provided with a selfie stick and utilize our Selfie Station in order to help catch the perfect picture. End your picture-perfect day with an included beer tasting at the Heineken Experience.


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    • Adult from: £130,56 GBP
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    DURATION 5 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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NCL makes arrangements for Guests for shore excursions solely for the convenience of the Guest; NCL does not act on behalf of or supervise the parties or persons who own, furnish, or operate such excursions, and the same are provided by independent contractors. NCL assumes no responsibility for, nor guarantees the performance of, any such excursion provider, and Guests acknowledge that NCL shall not be liable for losses or injuries arising from the acts or omissions of such provider.

Participation in activities and excursions may involve physical exertion, and may be potentially hazardous or dangerous. It is the responsibility of each individual to determine whether you are capable of engaging in any activity. Participation in any activity or excursion is at your own risk.

Photographs are for illustration purposes only used to represent the excursion experience and may not accurately depict the excursion, location, or activity indicated.

Our group shore excursions are offered in English. Depending on the booking situation, various excursions are also offered in German, Spanish, French, Italian or Russian (minimum number of 30 participants). The tours offered may vary from cruise to cruise. Please see the detailed information for your shore excursion on board.